Social and Behaviour Change Specialist

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Date:  05-Oct-2021

Location:   Flexible, Flexible

Company:  Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


The Opportunity


Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are active in thousands of communities across more than 50 program countries, working across development, humanitarian and protracted crisis settings. Plan’s work spans multiple thematic areas, including Inclusive Quality Education, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Economic Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR  -including Adolescent SRH), Early Childhood Development (ECD – including WASH and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition), Protection from Violence and Climate Action.


Plan International is a multi-mandated organization and works across development and humanitarian.


Plan International has been investing in health programs in all regions, with a focus on SRHR programming for adolescent girls and young women, MNCH and nutrition. This is complemented by our work in WASH, and inclusive education.  All of our programmes are supported by an advocacy and influencing agenda to enable sustainable change at scale.


As the initial wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections commenced in early 2020, programmes across all thematic areas were adapted to ensure the integration of adequate measures for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). With many projects moving to virtual modalities as restrictions on movement/physical interactions were put in place, countries leveraged different mass media channels (e.g. broadcast (radio), digital, SMS, WhatsApp, social media including Facebook), print, and outdoor (community loudspeakers, billboards etc.). This was aimed to reach children, adolescents and youth – particularly girls – as well as family and community members with key information and life-saving messaging on different themes. As national deployment and vaccination plans are now underway across all regions, teams are also now examining how to best support Risk Communication, Community Engagement and Readiness strategies to address hesitancy and promote the successful roll-out of COVID vaccines in the communities with which we work – alongside the continued adoption of key measures for infection prevention control (IPC).

In the role of Risk Communication and Social and Behaviour Change specialist you will be responsible for providing leadership in Risk Communication/Social and Behaviour Change Communication around the COVID pandemic and its broader impacts.


The primary focus of this position will be on supporting countries with technical advice and practical guidance on Risk Communication and Community Engagement strategies to support vaccine uptake and IPC, both for communities with which Plan works as well as for Plan and partner staff and volunteers.  In regards to SBCC more broadly, this position will engage with and provide advice to the global Heads of the different thematic priorities on effective SBCC strategies to address the knock-on impacts of the COVID pandemic on the lives and well-being of children, adolescents and youth, particularly girls.


About You


You bring significant understanding, skills and experience of the design and implementation of Risk Communication and Community Engagement strategies for outbreak and epidemic control specifically and the design and implementation of a wide variety of Social and Behaviour Change Communication and Risk Communication strategies.


With proven experience of conducting formative research to analyse the drivers of key behaviours, testing proposed behaviour change messages, and identifying the most appropriate media channels for the populations to be reached you will combine this with a good understanding of the potential of different media channels and how to effectively use these.


Knowledge and understanding of ongoing scientific developments and recommended public health measures for COVID infection prevention and control and the ability to contextualize messaging for humanitarian settings, in particular protracted crisis settings will be imperative.


Given the responsibilities of this role skills and experience with training staff and partners, including through blended learning approaches is essential.


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Location: Flexible where Plan International has a legal entity and the applicant has the pre-existing right to work. Those locations closest to Plan International’s point of impact are preferred. 

Type of Role: Two year fixed term contract

Reports to: Director of Gender Transformative Policy and Practice

Salary: We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that this will vary according to the location of the appointed candidate and therefore it is not possible to include full details here. If based in the UK the salary would likely be circa £45000 per annum. 


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the  Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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